“With the 21st pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select Terrance Ferguson from Dallas Texas and the Andeline 36ers from Australia,” said Commissioner Adam Silver.
Wait, who? When people heard Terrance Ferguson, they were left in shock. Who is this kid and what can he offer to the Thunder? Is this kid even any good? Then they look up his stats and see that in 15 minutes of play, and he only averaged 4.6PPG and 1.1RPG. Not only that, but he shot 31% from beyond the arc and 60% from the charity line.
Now the OKC Thunder were 30th in 3P% with a horrendous 32%. So, why draft a player who shoots a percentage worse than the entire team’s average? Why not draft a player who shot at least a 35% or higher? Why not draft Caleb Swanigan, who went 28th to the Blazers and not only averaged a monstrous 18.5PPG and 12.5RPG, but also shot 44.7% from 3? Or maybe Semi Ojeleye who got drafted 37th in the 2nd round and who according to the NBA, “…an excellent 3-point shooter.” Semi shot an extraordinary 42.4% on nearly 5 3PA per game.
So why get this 18yr old who looks inexperienced and not NBA ready? Well let’s take a look at this photo.
This is a box score from a Hoop Summit game and notice that, well first that Terrance only shot three pointers the entire game. 7/11 from beyond the arc. And, he still managed to get 2 steals. Notice though the other players. He started over 1st overall Markelle Fultz and 4th overall pick Josh Jackson. Yet, he still played better than his fellow starters and future lottery picks such De’Aaron Fox and Jayson Tatum. In just 15 minutes of play, he scored 21 points and was obviously the star of the game.
Terrance is a great example of a 3-and-D player, which is a player who can stretch the floor and can shoot the 3 ball, yet manages to guard up guards. Terrance is 6’7″ and also has a 6’8 wingspan so it is very possible of him guarding any position from the 1 to possibly the 4.
That being said, give the kid a chance. He really does have skyrocket potential and is also athletic, so it’ll be fun to watch Russell Westbrook either throwing up lobs to him OR finding him for the open shot. Don’t cross him out because he might just surprise you.